Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrived in New York City earlier this week to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day at the United Nations headquarters, where Harry gave a keynote speech.
The couple arrived at the event hand-in-hand and kept the PDA going upon taking their seats—intertwining their fingers, clasping arms, and being otherwise in love. Here’s a sweet clip captured by fan account @harry_meghan_updates.
During his speech, Harry spoke about his love for Africa, saying it’s where he feels closest to his mother, Princess Diana, and where he realized Meghan was his soulmate.
“Since I first visited Africa at 13 years old, I’ve always found hope on the continent. In fact, for most of my life, it has been my lifeline, a place where I found peace and healing time and time again,” Harry said.
“It’s where I felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died, and where I knew I had found a soulmate in my wife. And it’s why so much of my work is based there. Because, despite continued hardship, there are people across Africa who embody Mandela’s spirit and ideals—building on the progress he helped make possible.”
Harry is presumably referencing a trip he and Meghan took to Botswana during the early months of their relationship with that “soulmate” comment. He previously spoke about how much the trip meant to him during their post-engagement interview.
“I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,” he said. “We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other.”